China has tested a system that could detect software programs that could be used to spy on its citizens, a news report said Wednesday.
The announcement of the project, which is still in the testing phase, was the latest in a series of moves by Beijing to curb its cyberspace.
It has also stepped up efforts to curb the spread of the so-called cyber virus, which was first identified in the United States in 2011 and is thought to have infected more than 1.5 million people.
The anti-malware system, named Blue Sea, was developed by a Beijing-based company and developed in collaboration with the Ministry of State Security, according to the report, published by the Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency.
In a statement, Blue Sea said it has been used to detect malicious code and to identify “malicious applications” in the cloud.
“The Blue Sea system is the first of its kind that can identify and detect malicious software, and it is the most advanced anti-coding system for detecting and combating malicious applications,” Blue Sea’s statement said.
China has spent more than $1.7 billion to fight the virus, and a recent survey of Chinese Internet users showed that 90 percent have stopped using the Internet.